This is not merely an RSV4 stripped of its plastic; it is a naked evolution of that sportbike, conceived for a high-adrenaline, sport-leisure-touring mission. At its heart is the RSV4’s 1000cc 65-degree V-Four, detuned via milder cams from a claimed 180 hp at 12,250 rpm and 85 ft.-lb. of torque at 10,000 to 162 hp at 11,000 rpm and 81 ft.-lb. at 9000. The 13:1 compression ratio and the 48mm EFI throttle bodies have been retained, as have the high-efficiency, lightweight exhaust system and its torque-enhancing butterfly valve. Plus, it uses the same APRC package as fitted to the RSV4 Factory APRC SE, providing wheelie control, launch control and traction control all in one. The V4 R also should get the RSV4’s quick shifter as standard equipment.